Historical fiction is a great way to learn history, if it is written by a gifted storyteller.  Leon Uris is such a storyteller.

Exodus tells the dramatic, at times harrowing, tale of the birth of Israel as a modern nation.  Uris begins in the decades before the outbreak of World War II, creating fascinating characters to give us a sense of persecuted Jews who made their way to the ancient land of Palestine.

Uris gives special attention to Jews in the Warsaw Jewish ghetto during World War II.

This is a story filled with heartache and anguish, tragedy and heroism, taking the reader through the creation of modern Israel, until 1950.